FHFA Prohibits Servicer Reimbursement

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Isn’t this something that should have been in place all along? Servicer reimbursement was not a hidden practice but was common knowledge that is was the rule and not the exception throughout the industry. For a more detailed look at this subject – please read the article below.

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Tuesday that it has directed the GSEs to prohibit servicers from being reimbursed for expenses associated with captive reinsurance arrangements. The announcement follows a notice that FHFA published in the Federal Register last March regarding its views on these lender-placed insurance practices and accepting public input. The notice also cited concerns that the practices expose Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to potential losses as well as litigation and reputation risks.

“FHFA remains concerned about the cost of lender-placed insurance for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and consumers,” said Edward DeMarco, acting director of FHFA. “One of our primary responsibilities as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is to preserve and conserve their assets on behalf of taxpayers. This directive is intended to reduce their costs as we consider additional measures.”

FHFA also established a regulatory working group consisting of federal and state regulatory agencies to ensure that all parties with an interest and role in the subject of lender-placed insurance are engaged in the discussions. The views of the working group were carefully considered along with the more than 30 replies FHFA received from consumer advocates, state regulators, lender-placed insurance carriers, servicers, managing general agents, individuals, and trade associations in response to the notice. This recent action reflects this input.

To read the complete article – please use the link below.

Servicer Reimbursement

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